Astros’ Yordan Alvarez smashes homer to stun Mariners, Yankees ready to face Guardians

Wild-card series down, Division Series here we come. MLB’s 12-team postseason bracket has already been whittled down to eight contenders. Now, the top two seeds in each league are ready to join the fray. After advancing directly to their ALDS and NLDS slots via byes, the Astros, Yankees, Dodgers and brave will face challengers.

This means aces on the mound. The day begins with Max fried for the Braves, continues with favorite AL Cy Young Justin Verlander take the hill to Houston and Gerrit Cole starting for the Yankees and ends with NL ERA leader Julio Urias getting the ball back for the Dodgers. Their adversaries, fresh from hard-fought victories, will use No. 3 starters and hope to roll the ball to upset wins.

All four series begin Tuesday through a busy day of baseball. Here is the full schedule and TV information:

Game 1: Cleveland Guardians at New York Yankees – 7:37 p.m., TBS

Game 1: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers – 9:37 p.m., FS1

Yordan Alvarez erase the home run to crush the dream sailors Game

For 26 outings in the ALDS opener, legend Julio Rodriguez and the drought-fighting young Mariners looked stronger than legend Justin Verlander. But it was no stronger than the legend of Yordan Alvarez.

The mammoth slugger smashed a two-out three-run homer in the ninth inning, sending the Houston crowd into a frenzy and stunning the Mariners.

The day had started with the young Mariners jumping all over AL Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander. Led by Rodriguez — who had two extra hits and three runs — the Mariners dumped 10 hits and six runs on Verlander in four innings. But the Astros gave it up. Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered to bring the Astros within two in the final innings.

Then, in the ninth inning, the Mariners reliever Paul Sewald hit David Hensley and gave a single to Jeremy Pena. With Alvarez already having two RBIs that day, Mariners manager Scott Servais turned to left-handed starter Robbie Ray to get the final. It did not work.

Alvarez, whose .306/.406/.613 line made him the second-best hitter in baseball behind Aaron Judge this year, fouled a fastball then sent the next into orbit.

Seattle’s fortunes could not have turned much more precipitously. With a win, they could have secured a 1-0 lead with a road win and sent dominating ace Luis Castillo to the mound in Game 2 with the chance to take a decisive series lead. Instead, the Astros will be favored to make their sixth straight ALCS.

Phillies keep the line moving, wait for the Game 1 win over the Braves

Do you like rallies? You might like the Phillies. After scraping the playoffs, the Phillies have won three straight – first by sweeping the Cardinals of St. Louis and now takes the NLDS’ Game 1 opener against the 101-win Atlanta Braves. Tuesday’s series-changing win came thanks to a parade of hits.

Nick Castellanos led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBIs as the Phillies knocked Atlanta ace Max Fried out of the game early and then held on. Ranger Suarez started for the Phillies, allowing 1 run in 3 1/3 innings, then turned it over to a Phillies bullpen who used six pitchers to finish it off. Newly named reconciliation Zach Eflin held on to give Philly the win despite a furious comeback attempt by the Braves in the ninth inning.

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